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ASUS ROG Maximus IX Formula Review

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ASUS ROG Maximus IX Formula Testing:

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 3.0 is a software utility designed to be used for hardware diagnosis and benchmarking. I will be using the Cache and Memory benchmark tool to measure memory performance.

 

  
  
  
  

 

CrystalDiskMark 3.0: CrystalDiskMark is a hard drive benchmark designed to measure the read and write speeds of drives by using 4K blocks, 512K blocks, and sequential data. For the test, we chose the 1000MB option.

 

 
 
 
 

 

ATTO 2.47 will be used to measure USB 3.0 performance using an SSD attached to an external USB 3.0 drive dock.

  
  
  
  

 

LAN performance will be tested via a utility to gauge the performance of the onboard network solutions. The motherboard being tested will be connected via a Gigabit switch to another system with an integrated Gigabit network solution on board.

iPerf is a small lightweight utility run from the command prompt and can be used to measure both TCP and UDP performance on a network. iPerf is cross-platform software and open source. The test is configured to run for 20 seconds with a window size of 256 KB and four simultaneous streams that should be able to saturate the TCP link on a good NIC.

 

 

RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.25 is used to test the sound solution on board each motherboard. Nothing beats a good set of ears and headphones, but this is a graphic representation of the capabilities of the installed hardware. Sampling mode is 24-bit 48kHz.

Motherboard
MSI Z270 SLI PLUS
ASUS ROG M8E
ASUS ROG M9F
Frequency Response dB
+0.00,-0.01
+0.50, -1.56
+0.03,+0.01
Noise Level dBA
-98.0
-99.2
-96.7
Dynamic Range dBA
98.3
99.2
98.3
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.0028
0.025
0.0026
Intermodulation distortion +noise
0.0048
0.586
0.0056
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-93.5
-97.8
-94.4
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.0042
0.032
0.0049
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+0.0,-0.0
+0.2,-2.0
+0.0,-0.0

 

 

Looking at the comparative results of the memory, USB 3.0, and drive testing, the Maximus IX Formula delivered some unexpected results. In the AIDA 64 testing, the memory modules performed well in the comparison, with slightly looser secondary timings showing in the latency test. The USB 3.0 and drive testing show lower results than expected. In iPerf, the Maximus IX Formula delivers data throughput of 946 Mbits/s by using an Intel I219-V controller to manage the LAN functionality. By comparison, the spread between motherboards is still, at most, 7 Mbits/sec. By using ASUS' GameFirst IV Network Manager software to prioritize traffic you can build routines to support your own specific usage scenario. Using the 802.11ac WiFi  connection, I was easily able to max out my Internet connection of 100Mbits/s up and down.

ASUS pioneered the concept of separating the audio hardware on board the motherboard PCB from the other electronics to improve audio quality. Using its S1220 codec, ASUS moves yet another step forward to deliver great audio. In the RightMark Audio testing, the overall rating was Excellent across the board for this latest SumpremeFX audio solution. While listening to the sound through my headphones, I was easily able to enjoy music, movies, and games with crisp notes and deep bass tones. ASUS Supreme FX sound does deliver. 




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